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The Rev. Yubun Narashiba, head minister of Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Makiki, conducts obon memorial services for individual families. Recently, Tamayo Nakamura prayed for her husband, Tadao, who died in 1985. Nakamura's daughter-in-law, Joyce Nakamura, and her granddaughter, Caryn Matsuoka, looked on during the ceremony.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Each wooden stick, or "o-toba," in this temporary structure represents an altar for the spirits of ancestors. Families bring their loved ones' favorite foods, as well as flowers and incense, to honor the deceased. The o-toba are marked with the names of the relatives in English as well as in?Japanese characters.